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Blue Jays' Jose Bautista hits home runs 39 and 40

Aug 24, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista launched his 39th and 40th home runs of the year on Monday in a 3-2 victory over the Yankees.  It was his sixth multi-homer game of the season and gave him a seven-homer lead on Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols for most in the majors.

Bautista is the first American League player to top 40 home runs since Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Pena did it back in 2007 and he has been contributing beyond the long-ball in Toronto for a few months now. 

His on-base percentage on June 19 was .350.  It’s now .370.

His slugging percentage on June 19 was .526.  It’s now .600.

As Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports notes, Barry Bonds had 55 round-trippers at this time in 2001 and Mark McGwire had 51 in 1999.  But home run numbers are relative, or at least they should be relative.  That was the steroid era.  This, hopefully, is not.

Either way, Bautista’s 40 home runs don’t feel any less special.  He’s having a monstrous season for the Blue Jays and it’s largely come out of nowhere.  The 29-year-old’s previous career high in homers was 16 (in 2006) and his previous high in RBI was 63 (in 2007).  Now Bautista has 95 runs batted in and a .970 OPS.

  1. BC - Aug 24, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    So when was his last drug test? Anyone? I’m not sayin… I’m just sayin….

  2. Dan W - Aug 24, 2010 at 10:06 AM

    Drew –
    You need to take a look at the footage of this game in the top of the 9th. Look at the 0-2 pitch to Curtis Grander son that was called a strike for the K.
    The pitch was quite literally 1ft inside the opposite batters box and was called a strike. While balls and strikes are missed, especially on close ones, you have to see where this is called.
    I am not sure I have ever seen a strike call on a pitch that was so obviously far outside.

  3. BC - Aug 24, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    One of the worst calls I’ve ever seen. Agree. Even Greg Maddux doesn’t get that call.

  4. Ari Collins - Aug 24, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    I hope they trade him in the offseason. Jays won’t probably be competitive with him, and they could get something nice for when they are. Plus, although he’s likely regress, I wanna see him smacking homers for a team that matters, for his sake.

  5. David - Aug 24, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    If Granderson were right handed, that would have been a HBP, easy. It was in the other batter’s box, and the “umpire” called it a strike. Will there be any sort of accountability for the unpire? Of course not.

  6. YANKEES1996 - Aug 24, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    He is hitting all these homeruns off of massive quantities of talent or Flintstones chewables and Red Bull or ?

  7. Proudly Canadian - Aug 24, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    BS Ari! The Jays are having a fine season and should do even better next year. The young pitchers on the team continue to impress. There now is excitement when the Jays play. They are rarely out of a game. They also have a winning record against the Evil Empire.
    For those who were not watching, Bautista began to get regular playing time last August once the Jays dumped Rios. He hit 10 home runs last September, so he is at the 50 HR mark over the last 12 months. He credits his improvement to his hitting coach. I believe that he also has 10 outfield assists and is close to the top in the league in walks.

  8. BC - Aug 24, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Gotta be 5-hour energy. Lots of energy now. No 2:30 feeling later.

  9. Old Gator - Aug 24, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Okay, where is our pal from Toronto today? P/C, what did you do, sleep in this morning? Late show at the Dakota? Fell off the monkey bars at Ontario Place? Hit by a streetcar? If you don’t chime in on this, you’re going to have Bautista pouting like Sammy Sosa. You know how sensitive he is.

  10. Proudly Canadian - Aug 24, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Dear Yankees1966. We know that Afraud tested positive while with the Yankees. Do you remember that? Why are you tring to pull down Bautista to the level of proven Yankee cheaters? Everyone is now tested.

  11. Proudly Canadian - Aug 24, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Didn’t you notice my post last night asking where the Jose Bautista thread was. They were so late in posting it that I had given up on them.

  12. MK - Aug 24, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    You’re wrong, Proudly Ignorant. A-Rod tested positive when he was with the Rangers. The news was leaked when he was on the Yankees.

  13. Proudly Canadian - Aug 24, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Sure nuff! We all know that Clemens, Pettitte and Afraud were completely clean.

  14. MK - Aug 24, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Which to you means Bautista can’t possibly be using.
    The Canadian educational system isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, I see.

  15. Old Gator - Aug 24, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    I recall you demanding a Bautista thread a few weeks ago, but not last night. I’ll have to double back and look for it. But Bautista looked fearsome last night. He’s got that slightly uppercut pitviper-strike swing and he’s planted like a pyramid. That’s not a matter of luck or coincidence; that’s a studied skill and anyone who doesn’t think he busted his ass to learn it is kidding themselves. This guy may be a late bloomer but he doesn’t look to me like one of those huge phallic succulents that blossoms and then dies. I think he’s going to be around for a while.
    Might even make the fans forget Alex Rios.

  16. YANKEES1996 - Aug 24, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Your mistaken in several areas A-Rod did not test positive while with the Yankees, the confidential test took place while he was with the Rangers (2001-2003) and that is when the positive test took place. What in the hell has A-Rods’ test, life or anything else got to do with Bautista?, here is your answer NOT A DAMN THING! I am not trying to pull anyone down I am simply wondering where all the HRs are coming from as he has never hit more than 16 in any other season that he has played. I guess north of the border you don’t wonder or ask questions about these type of things? Oh yeah, learn to read its YANKEES1996 not 1966, moron!

  17. Proudly Canadian - Aug 24, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    I have never demanded Bautista’s head. I did demand the head of Craig etc for suggesting that the Jays should trade Bautista.

  18. Proudly Canadian - Aug 24, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    How do you know that Arod did not use drugs or test positive when he was a Yankee. All you know is that the leaked results covered the period when he played for Texas. There is no compelling evidence that he was clean during all the years that he played for the Yankees.
    There is strong evidence that almost all major league players have been clean since mandatory testing began.

  19. YANKEES1996 - Aug 24, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    If he had tested positive while with the Yankees he would have been disciplined, Bud Selig actually considered punishing him for using when he was with the Rangers, until the players union spoke up on his behalf. MLB began testing and punishing players in 2004 and the new policies were adopted and ratified and put into place in January 2005, if A-Rod had failed a drug test when he was with the Yankees he most certainly would have been punished and you would have heard about it because he is baseballs most hated player. His first year with the Yankees was 2004 by the way, in case you didn’t know.

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